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Lauren McD's picture


I thought the discussion on the sky being 'smaller' than the brain because it 'fits inside' the brain was extremely interesting. Although the relations of size don't make too much sense to me, I can certainly understand the provoking ways the human brain relates to the rest of the world. Is everything in our world just an image of our perceptions? What really makes a certain color? Is something blue only because we interpret it as blue? Did the color blue exist before human eyes were there to see it? Such intriguing questions quickly lead down a slippery slope, disintegrating the world as we know it. Even more interesting is how we define certain, deep words. While Webster can give a plethora descriptions to define words such as friendship, love, and God, our own perceptions of these words are what defines them individually. Many people would agree a good friend is someone who is supportive, motivating, uplifting, etc. But if someone truly believes a good friend is someone who is able to loan money or just to talk to about superficial topics, then that is what friendship means to them. Words are what we define them as with the ideas and images that we associate with them. One word can hold thousands of different meanings for thousands of different people. The idea that one word is defined by whatever we believe in is intriguing to me. Anything we know of in this world is a direct result of the human mind's classification. This begs the question of the significance of the things in our world that have not been discovered yet by mankind. Do they exist if no one is aware of their existence? Can they be defined by our classifications if no one can classify them? What defines them if we do not classify words to define them? These questions all relate to how the human mind has influence on the world and what defines existence.


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